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Ethics for Breakfast

Ethics for Breakfast is a CLE seminar series offered both onsite and online to help attorneys meet their annual ethics CLE requirements in one convenient morning session. Also open to the general public and other professionals, programs in this series are approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for two hours of Ethics CLE credit, unless otherwise noted. Please join our email list for updates.

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Spring 2022 Session

Judicial Relationships, Ethics and the Duty to Recuse

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Virtual Attendance Only

In the current public debate stemming from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's refusal to recuse himself from a case involving White House records on the January 6, 2021 insurrection - a matter in which his wife Virginia had become a participant via a series of communications with the Trump White House at that time - a number of compelling questions have been raised:

  • To what degree should any judge be held accountable for the words or actions of an adult family member?
  • Does it matter that Ms. Thomas held no governmental position and was not running for office?
  • Why have Supreme Court recusals historically pertained mostly to financial relationships or prior involvement in cases?
  • Should Supreme Court justices be held to the same standards of accountability and transparency as lower court judges?
  • Do we need new ethics legislation, as some Democrats are calling for, to address this issue?

Please join Thomas J. Farrell, chief disciplinary counsel for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and a former federal public defender and assistant U.S. attorney, Professor Ashley London, director of bar studies and assistant professor of legal skills at Duquesne University, and Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Daniel McCaffery as they address these and related questions.

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for 2 Hours of ETHICS CLE credit.

Registration for this session has closed.

Distance Learning

Not in the Pittsburgh area? Interested in a seminar but concerned about social distancing? Never fear! All of our programs are offered online. Simply select the virtual option when you register for your selected programs. The week of the program you will receive a Zoom link to the email address you provide.